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How You Can Encourage Your Children to Help Our World

| 12/11/2018 10:27:00 AM

You want to leave the world a better place for your family, and to keep that cycle going, you want your kids to have a passion for preserving the earth when they've grown up. But it's hard to get your kids to listen even when you tell them to be nice to their sibling. How much harder is it to get them to be kind to the world?

It turns out it's much easier than you think — at least once your toddler has had a nap. Check out these ideas to get your children on board with helping the world and creating a better future.

1. Volunteer as a Family

Don't leave volunteer opportunities up to your kid's class projects. Step in and tell your children what problems the world and your region are facing and how your family can help. Volunteering can be a fun and vital activity for parents to do with their children. In 2015, each American volunteer spent around 52 hours volunteering over the span of a year. That's only one hour a week over the course of the year — which is pretty doable.

When you hear about a need in your area, do more than remark how sad the situation is. If a shelter doesn't have enough servers to dish out their hot meals, bring your son or daughter along — but don't forget a step stool for them.

It may be easier to contact your babysitter and leave your rambunctious kids at home while you extend a helping hand, but think of these opportunities as teaching moments. Get your children in on volunteer work now so that they continue to serve their communities when they're older.

2. Explore Nature


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